You Must Be In An Arab Country, If…

Got this off Gay patriot (an excellent blog) but this is an excellent post!

“When you cannot find a single garden in your city, but there is a mosque on every corner – you know that you are in an Arab country…

“When you see people living in the past with all the trappings of modernity – do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country.

“When religion has control over science – you can be sure that you are in an Arab country.

“When clerics are referred to as ’scholars’ – don’t be astonished, you are in an Arab country.

“When you see the ruler transformed into a demigod who never dies or relinquishes his power, and whom nobody is permitted to criticize – do not be too upset, you are in an Arab country.

“When you find that the large majority of people oppose freedom and find joy in slavery – do not be too distressed, you are in an Arab country.

“When you hear the clerics saying that democracy is heresy, but [see them] seizing every opportunity provided by democracy to grab high positions [in the government] – do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country…

“When monarchies turn into theocracies, and republics into hybrids of monarchy and republic – do not be taken aback, you are in an Arab country.

“When you find that the members of parliament are nominated [by the ruler], or else that half of them are nominated and the other half have bought their seats through bribery… – you are in an Arab country…

“When you discover that a woman is worth half of what a man is worth, or less – do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country…

“When you see that the authorities chop off a man’s hand for stealing a loaf of bread or a penny, but praise and glorify those who steal billions – do not be too surprised, you are in an Arab country…

“When you are forced to worship the Creator in school and your teachers grade you for it – you can be sure that you are in an Arab country…

“When young women students are publicly flogged merely for exposing their eyes – you are in an Arab country…”

“When land is more important than human beings – you are in an Arab country…

“When covering the woman’s head is more important than financial and administrative corruption, embezzlement, and betrayal of the homeland – do not be astonished, you are in an Arab country…

“When minorities are persecuted and oppressed, and if they demand their rights, are accused of being a fifth column or a Trojan horse – be upset, you are in an Arab country…

“When women are [seen as] house ornaments which can be replaced at any time – bemoan your fate, you are in an Arab country.

“When birth control and family planning are perceived as a Western plot – place your trust in Allah, you are in an Arab country…

“When at any time, there can be a knock on your door and you will be dragged off and buried in a dark prison – you are in an Arab country…

“When fear constantly lives in the eyes of the people – you can be certain that you are in an Arab country.”

Let me add one: “When you see your partner hanging by a rope in a public square just because he is gay — you can be certain you are in an Arab country.”

excellent eh?

Digital Rights Ireland

I came across this on various sites digitalrights.ie. I first saw it on Damien Mulley’sblog and it intrigued me. Its an interesting case and advise you that if you would like to gaurentee your privacy to have a look.

Steve

Gay Rights Globally – How do we increase them?

In many parts around the world gay people live lives protected by legislation that outlaw discrimination against them or have to right to get married or register their partnerships, but in many places around there is no such legislation. In fact in some places laws actively discriminate against homosexuals. In Africa 33 states of the 52 on the continent have laws against homosexuality. The punishment for convictions under these laws ranges from a fine in some countries to the death penalty in others. Should this be allowed on today’s world that a government can actively discriminate against a part of its own population?

In recent years they has been a more proactive stance taken by some countries in protecting minorities in countries, especially since they failed to stop the massacre in Rwanda and Bosnia. This has led to interventions to protect the Kosovo Albanians and other minorities being attacked by their own governments. Should this be adopted by countries that have excellent Human Rights laws for homosexuals? Or should economic and political pressure be enough to pressure these countries to change there laws.

The European Parliament has already voted on a resolution stating that that will not support a country’s application to join the European Union if they discriminate against homosexuals in their societies. Should this condition also be attached to trade agreements and countries the EU has dealings with?

There are many countries around the world where it is very dangerous to be a homosexual. These countries include Fiji, Jamaica and many Muslim dominated countries. A country with has very harsh regime against homosexuality is Saudi Arabia where just your sexual orientation, not that you were having a consensual sexual act, is enough to secure a guilty verdict in the Kingdom. Is this a country that the EU or our own countries individually, should be dealing with?

Many peoples irrational fear of Homosexuality should be proven unfounded by legislation to protect against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. This has even been added to the Geneva Convention on Asylum Seekers and is a valid reason to claim asylum. The fact that this agreed by the signatories of the convention means that these countries should be pushing countries with laws against homosexuality into reforming or dismantling outdated legislation against it.